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Old 08-25-2008, 02:47 PM
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Good question. My slow down starts when the tempurature gets to almost freezing. The grass stops growing and the waiting for the snow to fly starts. The gutter cleaning is also picking up at this time. Everyone usually waits to the last minute. Then they give me a call when the laeves have backed up the gutters.

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Do you have any advice on how to estimate gutter cleaning? Do you offer additional services to the gutters like putting screens on top of them or those gutter helmets to keep leaves out?
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To let my regular customers know about leaf cleanup charges, here is a letter I worked up and plan to send out with their next invoice. Comments are welcome.

We clean gutters at $60.00 per hour (1 hour minimum).
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I really like that. I do wonder if it would be helpful in selling more services if you had prices and a check box where they could check off the services and return the letter in an invoice.

Or maybe they could just check off the services they want a quote for and return it with their invoice?

What do you think would work better?

Also when you are bidding your gutter cleanups, do you at all use linear feet of the gutters in your mental calculations of how to bid the jobs?

Do you take into account the use of ladders and the difficulty of getting to the gutters?
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To let my regular customers know about leaf cleanup charges, here is a letter I worked up and plan to send out with their next invoice. Comments are welcome.

We clean gutters at $60.00 per hour (1 hour minimum).
Hey Steve do you think us landscaper's here in the Northeast area, can get away with charging more than $60 an hour? Price's tend to be cheaper out West, would $60 an hour be a competitive price for the Northeast? Any other landscapers in the Northeast area have any advice? $60 sounds fair to me, but I don't want to sell my self short if I could charge more.
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To let my regular customers know about leaf cleanup charges, here is a letter I worked up and plan to send out with their next invoice. Comments are welcome.

We clean gutters at $60.00 per hour (1 hour minimum).
Your leaving money on the table doing it by the hour.

If you are called to a resi just for gutter clean out you should be charging by the foot and it should include down spout flushing. $1 a ft and if its 2 story it should be a little extra for the height. ALWAYS PRATICE SAFTY WHEN WORKING OFF LADDERS AND ON ROOFS, AND INJURY CAN TAKE YOU OUT OF THE GAME COMPLETELY, COSTING YOU MORE THAN MONEY.
If your doing a fall clean up,(leaf clean up and removal) gutter clean out should be included. Plant beds are not extra either, they are a part of the lawn.

These are common practices with-in my area.
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If your doing a fall clean up,(leaf clean up and removal) gutter clean out should be included. Plant beds are not extra either, they are a part of the lawn.
Very interesting! So when you give a bid for a fall yard cleanup, do you include a line item that shows gutter cleaning and a price for that? Do you include another line item for plant beds? Or are all these included into one price and it isn't broken down at all?
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Very interesting! So when you give a bid for a fall yard cleanup, do you include a line item that shows gutter cleaning and a price for that? Do you include another line item for plant beds? Or are all these included into one price and it isn't broken down at all?
We here by propose to; clear all lawn and plant bed ares of leaves to the best of our ability. Clean and flush all gutters and down spouts as follows,

Fall Lawn Clean Up $$$$$$
(All lawn and plant bed areas)

Gutter Clean Out $$$$$$
(Cleaning and flushing all gutter & down spouts)

Total Due $$$$$$


If the customer bulks at the gutter charges then explain to them the importance of having them cleaned out. Most will go for it.
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anyway you can do pdf files??? Us mac users dont necessarily come with microsoft word...lol
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